The younger appearance of Elder Mu bore a shocking resemblance with Bei Bei, but also had a more cheerful disposition. Elder Mu's body gradually turned gold, as golden dragon scales started to grow from underneath the skin from head to toe.
Elder Mu lifted his limbs. The intense golden light turned scarlet-gold before turning an orange-gold, yellowish-gold, greenish-gold, bluish-gold and purplish-gold. The final purplish-gold eventually turned whitish-gold. Elder Mu laughed, and a sonorous dragon roar was let loose. His body shook, and he turned into a white dragon that exuded an intense light before disappearing from within the Pavilion.
Even from afar, a huge white dragon could be seen in the skies above Shrek Academy. The bright glare of the sun seemed to be blotted out by the golden light.
The sonorous dragon roar kept on resonating in the sky. The intense golden light made it seemed as if it were swimming in a golden ocean.
The frightening aura spread outwards, whereas the golden light shot straight down and covered the entire Sea God's Pavilion.
All living beings on the Sea God's Island were covered in a dim layer of golden fog. They could feel the pure light power cleansing their bodies, removing the impurities within. Their soul power's were compressed and their cultivation was boosted.
Yan Shaozhe's voice resonated throughout the entire Sea God's Pavilion, "Everyone, sit cross-legged and meditate." Even though he was sobbing, he still sounded very commanding at this point. This was the last present that Elder Mu was giving the academy!
Everyone quickly sat cross-legged and circulated their soul power, basking in the extreme light aura.
The except to this was Huo Yuhao, who rushed out of the Sea God's Pavilion and looked towards the huge white dragon in the sky. Far from being shocked at its appearance, Huo Yuhao was saddened. "Teacher! Teacher!!" He shouted into the air. However, his voice didn't echo, and it quick disappeared as it left his mouth.
The huge white dragon seemed to have seen him from the sky too. Then its huge body wriggled as it looked southwards; towards the Great Star Dou Forest.
Another sonorous dragon roar came out. The frightening dragon's aura crushed and dissipated all the clouds within the nearest thousands of square miles.
In the inner Great Star Dou Forest. The Region of Savage Beasts. The Forbidden Grounds.
It was the center of the Forbidden Grounds, where the strongest soul beast slowly lifted its head, looking at the north seriously. An aura of concentrated darkness rose up and diffused into the air before converting into a dragon form. The roar of another dragon sounded, but it disappeared instantly.
The aura of darkness then dispersed to cover the entire Forbidden Grounds, completely blocking out the dragon roar from the Radiant Holy Dragon.
A figure stayed silently in the center of the Forbidden Grounds. It was a man who kneeled on a single knee. His long, golden hair flowed behind his back, and his figure more than three meters tall. His charming and resolute-looking face bore an indescribable sense of dominance, and although he was kneeling, not a single soul beast could be found in the vicinity.
"Boss, you've finally awoken." The golden-haired man said respectfully.
An illusory voice sounded, "Di Tian, I've only temporarily ended my sleep because of this Radiant Holy Dragon's aura, I've not truly ended my sleep yet. Remember not to provoke Shrek Academy while I'm asleep."
Di Tian? Was he the powerful presence that approached Elder Xuan when he caught the Emperor Beast? He was in his human form right now.
"Boss, he is threatening us. Don't tell me that we're afraid of him?" Di Tian's expression was filled with determination, and a dominant aura spread while golden light shot out.
"Not at all, an Ultimate Douluo can't make the entirety of the Great Star Dou Forest fearful, but the important thing is that Shrek Academy can connect with that place. Remember my words. My cultivation is at a critical juncture, I will awake again in 10,000 years. At that time, the humans' rule will be over."
"Yes." The Sky Emperor replied respectfully. However, an ecstatic look flashed across his eyes, and he thought to himself, "10,000 years is too long. We need to grab hold of time now!"
The aura of darkness slowly faded away, and everything returned to normal. The Sky Emperor stood up and coldly looked in Shrek Academy's direction. His golden aura soon also disappeared.
The Radiant Holy Dragon nodded towards the south, then reluctantly looked down at Huo Yuhao down below, slightly touched. By this point, the entire Sea God's Island was bathed in gold.
It happened without a sound: The huge white dragon dissipated into spots of golden light across the sky, which swiftly descended.
Elder Mu's voice rang in Huo Yuhao's ears, "Kid, let me give you one last gift."
He only saw a patch of gold in front of him before he fainted from the extreme sorrow, and a wave of heat rushed into Huo Yuhao's body.
The countless spots of golden light gathered towards Sea God's Pavilion. A huge golden light projection gradually made its entrance, almost like it was stretching down.
The golden projection was a bright tree, it grew almost 100 meters tall as it stretched outwards. Its branches extended, and instantaneously engulfed the Sea God's Island in golden light. The illusion of a white dragon above it disappeared, the light aura dissipated, and finally, the projection of the tree shrunk slowly before disappearing into the Sea God's Pavilion.
Everything seemed to return to normal. But this normality was missing something, the Hallmaster of the Sea God's Pavilion, the Ultimate Douluo, the Dragon God Douluo, the strongest person in all of Shrek Academy and the Radiant Holy Dragon—Elder Mu.
Elder Mu had passed on. Shrek's pillar had collapsed. On Sea God's Island, the sorrowful cries and aura remained…
When Huo Yuhao regained consciousness, he found himself in his room on the Sea God's Island, which Elder Mu had granted to him, he also gave one to Wang Dong who was crawled up beside him sleeping soundly. But with two streams of tears still on his face.
Huo Yuhao's body jerked a little, and his memory gradually recovered. His tears also started to flow.
"Teacher has left. Teacher has left in such a shocking way. Teacher, teacher…"
Huo Yuhao's sobbing woke up Wang Dong, he lifted his head to look at him. The two of them started to cry loudly together.
After crying for 15 minutes, the two of them slowly calmed down. Huo Yuhao jumped off the bed. "How did Teacher pass, in the end?"
Wang Dong lowered his head and said, "Teacher turned into light energy and fused with the Golden Tree. He hasn't died, just like he said before. He'll always be watching over us. His powers have already become a part of the Golden Tree."
Huo Yuhao nodded his head forcefully. He said resolutely, "Yes, teacher isn't dead yet. He won't die. He's still alive. He just changed his body." Huo Yuhao hurriedly knelt down and kowtowed three times.
"Teacher, I won't disappoint you. Shrek Academy is my home, and it'll always be my home. For Shrek Academy, and for the Tang Sect, I will give my all."
Huo Yuhao stood up suddenly after he finished speaking. He pulled Wang Dong's hand and said, "Wang Dong, let's start cultivating. We can't disappoint Teacher."
Wang Dong could clearly sense that something was wrong with Huo Yuhao. But how could he agitate him any further at this point? He understood the importance of kinship in Huo Yuhao's mind through his knowledge of Huo Yuhao's background, and he wished to lessen the sorrow filling Huo Yuhao's heart.
Wang Dong nodded and sat on the bed with Huo Yuhao. Their Haodong Power surged and started to flow in their bodies.
However, Huo Yuhao started to cry just as they started. He couldn't help but open his eyes, "Teacher…"
He couldn't help it. Because he could feel his soul power had reached the Rank 40 bottleneck.
He recalled what Elder Mu had said before he passed out. Yes! This was Elder Mu's last gift for him.
He would have needed need three months to half a year to reach Rank 40 with his cultivation speed. But now, he managed to reach Rank 40 instantly with Elder Mu's help.
Wang Dong naturally felt the changes in Huo Yuhao's body. He said, "Yuhao, you need to cheer up. Teacher is watching us now. You don't want him to be disappointed, so let's start cultivating."
He was really worried that Huo Yuhao would have an emotional breakdown. The Haodong Power entered Huo Yuhao's body as guided by Wang Dong before it circulating slowly.
Huo Yuhao didn't say anything. He continued to cultivate along with Wang Dong. Their soul powers undulated and flowed along their passageways.
Huo Yuhao seemed to go mad over the next three months. However, this madness was only shown in his cultivation.
Within these three months, he focused all his energy on increasing his abilities. He didn't even bother to obtain his fourth soul ring. He was either meditating, practicing soul tool creation, training his soul skills or using the Tang Sect's Secret Techniques every day, sometimes doing all of these things. He didn't speak much in a day, as if speaking would only delay him.